Policing the festivals

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 26, 2010

High visibility patrols near synagogues, mobile police stations and extra hate crime reporting centres will be features of Greater Manchester Police's High Holy Days security operation.

"The efforts we have made over the years means we have more community confidence than ever before," said Sergeant Ian Campbell of Prestwich Neighbourhood Policing.

Chief Superintendent Jon Rush said the continuance of operations at last year's level was based on "positive feedback" from community members.

Mark Gardner of the Community Security Trust said the presence of mobile police stations had increased the likelihood of antisemitic incidents being reported.

Mobile stations will be located outside Prestwich's Holy Law Synagogue, Hale and Bowdon shuls and on Northumberland Street in Salford, home to many strictly Orthodox synagogues. The gatehouse at the Sedgley Park Police Training College will also serve as a reporting centre.

Last updated: 11:29am, August 27 2010